How Teletherapy Can Help Patient & Stakeholder Engagement

Many speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have had to adjust their practices significantly during the times of COVID-19 due to stay at home orders or other interruptions.

This has forced a number of SLPs to start doing telepractice, with some planning on incorporating it moving forward and others planning on going back to ‘normal’ and only doing in-person services. Some practices closed during stay at home orders and didn’t offer teletherapy or telepractice at all.

These SLPs are missing out on a number of benefits for both the SLP and their clients, which as time goes on will leave them at a distinct disadvantage relative to the other SLPs who have embraced the advantages of the medium. Continue Reading →

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HEARTism Community Center has Earned the Certified Autism Center™ Designation

HEARTism Community Center is now a Certified Autism Center™, designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The community center staff have completed a training and certification program to build upon their ability to educate and help socialize children with special needs through the exploration of the arts, music, sensory movement and life. Continue Reading →

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Lawana Jones Becomes An IBCCES Board Member

Today, The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), the global leader in training and certification on autism and cognitive disorders, appointed Lawana Jones to its executive advisory board. Jones currently is the president and Chief Executive Officer of The Autism Council of Rochester. She has dedicated her life to advocating, supporting, and educating others on disability rights for children, young adults, and families living with autism and other special needs for over 25 years. Jones unique experience and passion are a welcomed addition to IBCCES’ diverse board. Continue Reading →

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How to Specialize in Autism without a BCBA Outside the US

A number of countries that did rely on BCBAs for treating people with autism will have to evaluate other viable options. With the prevalence and awareness of autism increasing substantially worldwide, many countries are not well prepared to serve this population.

People with autism vary significantly in how autism impacts them and the way they perceive the world, making it important to have qualified experts that truly understand autism to treat them. However, having qualified practitioners is a very common problem, especially across lower and middle-income countries throughout the world:

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An Open Letter to ER & Medical Professionals From an Adult with Autism

From Dr. Kerry Magro – Speaker, Author & Autism Self-Advocate

Dear ER & medical professionals,

Growing up with autism I dealt with severe sensory challenges. Bright lights would hurt my eyes. Loud noises would either have me covering my ears or bolting away from the noises. There were plenty of meltdowns. These are all too common reactions for many of us on the spectrum. Experiences like going to a doctor and/or hospital can be scary for all children (and adults) but especially for someone like me who has autism. Continue Reading →

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Why a Great Facilitator is Crucial to Teletherapy (Telepractice)

As teletherapy becomes more prominent across different settings, the therapist-facilitator relationship is more important and varied than ever.

Facilitators are incredibly important when it comes to the success of the client and they play a vital role in teletherapy. The facilitator can be anyone from the client’s parent, caregiver, teacher aid, student support specialist and so on. Continue Reading →

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BCBAs Soon Not Being Certified Outside U.S.: What Certification Now?

A number of countries who relied on BCBAs for treatment for autism and other related disorders will have to find another alternative.

This article explores the prevalence of autism worldwide, the lack of diagnosis and treatment options in many countries, and why the BACB decided to make the decision. The next article focuses more on what these countries can do if they are looking for alternatives. Continue Reading →

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An Autism Perspective: Why Childhood Jobs are Important

By Anita Lesko, BSN, RN, MS, CRNA, CAS, (and on the autism spectrum)

Temple Grandin and I share a lot of opinions about how important what we do in childhood can be in forming us as people.

I have the good fortune to be a friend of Dr. Temple Grandin, a self-advocate for autism who became one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2010 for her accomplishments with revolutionizing the meat processing industry through her unique understanding of helps to soothe and de-stress cattle. Continue Reading →

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